Naophorous Block Statue of a Governor of Sais, Psamtik[seneb]

Period: Late Period, Saite

Dynasty: Dynasty 26

Date: 664–610 B.C.

Geography: From Italy, Southern Europe, Tivoli, Hadrian's Villa

Medium: Greywacke

Dimensions: H. 31 × W. 16.6 × D. 17.3 cm, 12 kg (12 3/16 × 6 9/16 × 6 13/16 in., 26.5 lb.)

Credit Line: Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1982

Accession Number: 1982.318


This statue represents a governor of the Saite nome (district) in the western Nile Delta, and was intended for a temple in Sais, its capital city. The temple, called the "House of the Bee," was dedicated to Osiris, who is represented standing in a shrine on the front of the statue.